Where to Eat in Wilkes-Barre: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 15, 2018 Mollie Coke

Wilkes-Barre serves as the county seat for Luzerne County, an area containing not one, but four of Pennsylvania's State Parks. Whether its fishing in Frances Slocum State Park, whitewater rafting through Lehigh Gorge State Park, cross-country skiing across Nescopeck State Park, or exploring twenty-two waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park, there is something for every outdoors enthusiast. If the indoors is more your thing, the city is also home to the Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs casino.
Things to do in Wilkes-Barre

1. Breaker Brewing Company

787 E Northampton St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7521 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 570-392-9078
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 90 reviews

Breaker Brewing Company

We are the official Microbrewery/BrewPub of Northeast PA's coal region. Our craft brews are dedicated to the hard working people who have been and still are examples of our rich heritage.

Reviewed By Mebuckopal

Breaker Brewing Company is a little gem of a place, with great people great service great beers and good food and a friendly atmosphere. I Loveth PA was my favorite IPA I didnt try any others, I plan to go back for that. Also the panniis are great but the real hit of the night were the pickles, lol yes they make their own pickles, and they are the best i've ever had!

2. Canteen 900

900 Rutter Ave, Forty Fort, PA 18704-4962 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 570-338-2547
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Canteen 900

Canteen 900 is all about real people and real food. Make Canteen 900 your new destination for coffee, espresso, pastries, breakfast and lunch! Our full menu has something for everyone and all ages. Eat in, take-out, or have Canteen 900 deliver group orders to your office. Don't forget to ask about or check our page for daily specials. Having a party? Canteen 900 is also available as event space for your next special occasion and is happy to create an amazing menu for you and your guests. Bon Appetit!

Reviewed By susiejazz - Kingston, Pennsylvania

From the first time I visited and had that multi grain bun with bacon, lettuce, tomato and avacado to the last time when it was kale salad and soup.... this place rocks. The food is just delicious, everything I have ever eaten, delicious. The only thing bad about the place is how early it closes.

3. Theo's Metro

596 Mercer Ave, Kingston, PA 18704-2820 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 570-288-1740
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Theo's Metro

Reviewed By ShirleyE601 - Doylestown, Pennsylvania

We were in the area for business and this place was recommended to us. Our first impression was not great as we entered through the bar area that smelled of mildew and a challenging walk to the front of the reception area, however, that was our mistake. WE had our 91 year old mother with us and yet the hostess took us to the furthest table in the restaurant in she had to conquer quite a large step to a raised area. There was only 2 tables being occupied. I said to the hostess that I wish she would have seated us closer so my mother didn't have to walk so far. She was young and quite snotty when she rudely responded "she looks fine to me, she doesn't have a walker or wheelchair"! Wow, I almost let my bad side out because I find it disturbing for someone to judge a person's ability. The truth is, I myself have arthritis very bad and I perceived her attitude uncaring and offensive. Once we got settled we were greeted by a very nice server who did a great job taking care of us. We all got the crab soup that was delicious. I simply couldn't come to a Greek restaurant without ordering the lamb souvlaki. Both my husband and I said it was ok but not a lot flavor as we are accustomed to. I wish I would have ordered the crab ravioli. Their menu had a lot of choices and everything looked good coming out. Our mother ordered tilapia and she said it was very good. Other than our entrance with that unkind snotty young hostess I would still recommend trying this place. I might add this hostess also brought our bread and she all but threw it on our table in which one of the rolls fell out. It is a shame that one person can make a negative tone on an otherwise good place.

4. Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar

1280 Highway 315 Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7002 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 52 +1 570-824-6600
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 376 reviews

Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar

Reviewed By mrsapet - Pennsylvania

We dine here quite often and it's always delicious dinners with gourmet presentation. Most recently I ordered the salmon served with white bean ragu and kale. Excellent! Others had swordfish and chicken entrees and were equally pleased. Every time we are there a manager stops by to check if all is well with service and meal. All of the servers are friendly and efficient. It's a reliable place to dine, looking forward to going back, As a side note, we've also gone to the cooking shows and that's a great idea for something different with the informative, entertaining chef Kim and step by step a tasty meal is prepared.

5. Arena Bar & Grill

380 Coal St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6623 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 570-970-8903
Excellent
67%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

Arena Bar & Grill

Reviewed By Angie s - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Bonless chicken bits were very good. Can get in a variety of flavored sauces. Garlic parmesan was delicious. Good cheesburger and philly cheese steak. Topped off with onion straws that were just as good. Waiter Steven was very friendly and attentative without being over board.

6. Cafe Toscana

1 Public Sq, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1701 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 570-208-1252
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Cafe Toscana

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Reviewed By Dave M - Greensboro, North Carolina

A very nice place on the central square in Wilkes-Barre. The ambiance is definitely Italian but with less clutter than usual. High ceilings and open spaces keep the noise level low. We enjoyed both veal and chicken dishes which were superbly cooked and presented. The only problem was that the shrimp was overcooked and tough. Service was adequate although our server didn't come back to ask if the meal was ok until the very end. We would probably go back again to the Cafe Toscana

7. Ruth's Chris Steak House - Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

1280 Highway 315 Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7002 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 59 - SGD 72 +1 570-208-2266
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 320 reviews

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

Ruth's Chris Steak House at Mohegan Sun serves up exceptional service & sizzling taste. Our signature steaks are seared to perfection at 1,800° & topped with fresh butter so they sizzle all the way to your table. Experience the sensation of private dining at Ruth’s Chris & treat your special guests to unforgettable dining for your next business gathering, family celebration, or anything in between. From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2010, we celebrated our 45th anniversary, & we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel. COME JOIN US & EXPERIENCE PERFECTION YOURSELF!!

Reviewed By Aaron G - Rock Hill, South Carolina

I generally don’t care for steak house restaurants because they’re overpriced and I can grill it better myself but my steak and all other dishes were delicious. Wine selection is extensive, our service was excellent, and overall experience was top notch. I recommend the filet Oscar style

8. Le Manhattan Bistro

264 S Main St # 268, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1532 Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards French, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 570-706-9588
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Le Manhattan Bistro

Reviewed By Tommixology

I go there often (although not as often as like) the experience is great every time. Very welcoming. Decor is really beautiful with the high ceiling in the dining area. There's parking right next to the building which is very convenient.

And then of course, there's THE FOOD.
In every restaurant I've been there was always a couple of dishes I knew to stay away from. In Le Manhattan, each dish is absolutely gorgeous. There's so much flavor, everything looks and taste fresh. Presentation is classy and portions are generous. In case you hesitant about fancy French words and names on the menu, see if you ask the chef. His personality will get you excited about what you are about to eat whatever that is!

I'm from NYC and I feel comfortable saying that I wish we had that restaurant here.

One last note, I know it has 4 dollar sign above, I'm not sure why. It's not that pricy. And on Monday it's even cheap.

If you're looking for a culinary experience that you won't forget, GO THERE!

9. Cork Bar and Restaurant

463 Madison St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705-1713 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks +1 570-270-3818
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 320 reviews

Cork Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By jayfurlong

FYI- make a reservation.
We were fortunate to have an outstanding meal at this enjoyable establishment. For an appetizer I had Nana's meatballs-WOW thank you Nana. For an entre' I enjoyed the peach whiskey glazed pork chop wrapped in bacon. It was perfectly prepared and seasoned. It was accompanied by mashed potatoes and perfectly sautéed green beans with string cut carrots. Very unique and tasty.
My wife is vegetarian and the chef prepared a lightly breaded eggplant wrapped around spinach, roasted red peppers and feta cheese. My wife also enjoyed the very robust signature Cork salad with roasted red pepper vinegarette. She reports that everything was scrumptious.
The rolls and toasted garlic bread were splendid.
On this evening they were celebrating their 10th anniversary. Our knowledgeable and pleasant waitress, Kelley, shared that she has been there for nine of those ten years. It is easy to understand why they are successful with such a dedicated staff and delicious food.
Congratulations!

10. Stations Grill

251 Mundy St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-6848 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 570-820-4080
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Stations Grill

Reviewed By Brittany B - Duryea, Pennsylvania

I have eaten here at least once a week for the last 3 years! The service is always very quick and Everyone is always very nice. I get a lot of catering orders from here also and the quality of food and the price are unbeatable. I have people in the Hazleton Area and out in the Poconos that request stations Grill by name, and even with the distance it still maintains its quality and flavor. If you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend! From the fish tacos, to Wing bites, the burgers and the deli sandwiches, I've never had a bad meal. And whatever you get don't forget to add a side of their chipotle mayonnaise! It goes good with everything on the menu!

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